Spoke Newsletter – 08/07/2014

Spoke Newsletter – 08/07/2014

Chris Diggs, Deputy Director of the City of Redlands Municipal Utilities and Engineering Department (MUED), joined by Water Conservation Coordinator Cecilia Griego, will be discussing California’s drought and the new restrictions and state regulations that have been implemented because of it. Unfortunately, the gully-washer of a thunderstorm and local flooding we had last Sunday night did not have any impact on our drought situation (though it was fun to watch the neighbors’ garbage cans float down the street). Today’s program will be introduced by Fire Chief (and Rotarian) Jeff Frazier.

On July 31st we had a Fifth Thursday social event at the offices of Tom and Julie Cutler. A great time was had by all, though you could tell that most of us are getting “long in the tooth:” The liquid refreshments went down very, very slowly.

District Governor Shab El Awar (San Bernardino Sunset Club) and wife Bricia will pay us a visit to talk about District 5330’s priorities and, no doubt, membership issues for the coming year (see below).

We had a great presentation by Stephanie Deininger, Dianna Lawson and Lisa Salas from Micah House, which from two locations in North Redlands provides after-school academic programs and counseling for more than 100 children and youth from 1st through 12th grades. We were reminded that there is a correlation between literacy, reading and writing skills and crime rates. Micah House has been supported by a wide array of community organizations, including this Club.

The District 5330 Membership Assembly is this Saturday, August 9th, 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Hilton Garden Inn (10543 Sierra Avenue) in Fontana.

Chicken Salad Sandwiches, Chips, Pasta Salad, Salad Bar and Ice Cream

Cajun Rub Pork Chops, Buttery Almond Green Beans, Garlic Ranch Mashed Potatoes Salad Bar, Almond Cookies

World War I began a hundred years ago this week, with Germany declaring war on France on August 3rd and Britain declaring war on Germany on August 4th. The past week has seen many celebrations of this event across Europe, with the current leaders of France and Germany embracing each other in wonderment at the peace they have preserved (with no small amount of U.S. help) since 1945. Fifty years ago (August 2nd, 1964) the Gulf of Tonkin Incident brought the U.S. deeper into the war in Vietnam. Fifty years ago today (August 7th, 1964) the U.S. Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, giving President Lyndon Johnson broad powers to expand U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia. On August 7th, 1998 the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania were bombed, killing 212 people and making the American public for the first time aware of a shadowy terrorist organization called Al Queda.

A big “thank you” to Rotarian Tom Cutler and his bride, Julie, for hosting the “Fifth Thursday” social hour at their Cutler Insurance office on Cajon. Thanks, too, to Cal Boothby, Joe Horzen, and the other Rotarians who helped pull this off. These social hours are a great way to meet our fellow Club members and significant others on a different playing field. It’s the most enjoyable time I’ve ever had in an old mortuary.

Next week, we are honored to host District Governor Shab El Awar and his wife, Bricia on their tour of each of the 60+ Clubs in their jurisdiction. If you’ve met Shab, you’ll remember Shab. If you haven’t, you won’t forget him. His energy and passion for the Rotary organization and mission is abundant, genuine, and contagious.

There are many conventions and protocols that are afforded the District Governor when he or she visits the Clubs. I’ll speak to these during today’s meeting. One very important one is a courtesy of which we should be mindful for all of our guests who present the program: staying after lunch to hear what they have to say. The people who give a half hour of their time to entertain or inform us for our programs spend much more than 30 minutes preparing their remarks and many go to a lot of trouble just to be here. While staying for the programs when the District Governor visits is particularly important, our attendance and attention is a courtesy that we should afford each of our program presenters every week.

August 7, 2014 – No. 05 – Editor: Graeme Auton

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